Eliza Hope Bennett, who will soon be seen in the family fantasy film Inkheart, told reporters that her next project will be a time-travel film called From Time to Time.
Speaking in a group interview last Friday in Marina Del Rey, Calif., Bennett said the movie is "sort of a fantasy and not."
"It's a fantasy in the sense that it does have an element which is not reality: It has time travel in it," Bennett said. "But it's set in two times, and my character is set in 1809, and it's also set in 1944. It's the war, and then it's my character, and it switches between the two."
The 16-year old actress, who previously appeared in Nanny McPhee, said that From Time to Time provided a markedly different challenge for her from Inkheart, in which she plays the daughter of a man (Brendan Fraser) who can bring books to life by reading aloud.
"It was a different thing," Bennett said. "I didn't feel like I was doing two fantasy films in a row. It was quite challenging, because I had to play a blind girl, which was something I'd never done before. It was more challenging, because I thought we'd be using contacts or something, but director Julian Fellowes said, 'Actually, I don't want it to look like something from Alien 4. I want it to be done naturally.'"
Bennett said that her character's affliction played into her own sense of adventure. "If you look at her straightaway, you wouldn't be able to tell she was blind," she said. "Because the thing that I was dealing with was the sense that I sort of wanted a freedom, almost that my blindness wouldn't affect what I could do. So I was still climbing trees and running around." Inkheart opens Jan. 23.